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2017 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 10-16!

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2017 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 10-16!

Thursday, August 3, 2017
DSP Week 2017 is Sept 10-16!

Celebrate DSP Recognition Week!

Join ANCOR in recognizing the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding Direct Support Professionals and expressing our appreciation for their vital contribution to communities across the country. We're already preparing for a big week of celebration for these amazing individuals. More is definitely on the way, but in the meantime check out our DSP Toolkit and the newly captioned 'Cost of Compassion' video.

Plan Your DSP Recognition Week Celebration

We’ve gathered a list from past celebrations across the country. Look here for ideas to plan a celebration of DSPs in your organization and community.

Introducing our *NEW* DSP Recognition Week logo! Click here for a version you can use for your social media profiles!

You can also order from one of ANCOR's DSP Week stores to help kit out your staff as you show appreciation to your DSPs! One store will be for purchasing individual items and the other for bulk orders, so whether you have a host of DSPs to thank or just a few, we can accommodate your need!

Two Free DSP Week Webinars

Title: Drive DSP Career Development: Cost Effective Ways to Help Your Employees Grow

Date: September 11

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 (ET)

Description: This presentation will focus on cost effective strategies for:

  • Identifying the right people for the right role
  • Developing the right career development plans
  • Professional Certification Opportunities
  • Employee engagement from initial point of hire throughout their career

Register Here

Title: DSPs Unplugged

Date: September 14

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (ET)

Description: Join us on September 14th at 2:00pm (Eastern) for DSPs Unplugged. Hear from some of our amazing DSPs on how we can collectively support our DSP workforce. A moderated panel of direct support professionals, including our 2017 National DSP of the Year, Forrest Austin, will share their reflections, lessons learned, and ideas for providing critical support for people who rely on our services.

Register Here

DSP Recognition Week Media Resources

Share your appreciation for DSPs with your community. Here are some resources to help you get media attention for your celebration.

*NEW* Media Release TemplateCreate a press release highlighting your organization’s events/celebrations. 

Media Tips. Ideas and advice for securing media coverage of your event.

Media Training Resources

Insights into what reporters want from veteran journalist Fred Bever and examples of media coverage from YAI and the MENTOR Network.

Gubernatorial Proclamations Designating DSP Recognition Week




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New Jersey

New York




Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota